Eternal relevance of ‘Dead Poets Society’

If there is one film that explores tragedy and romance so beautifully and poetically, it would be “Dead Poets Society.” The film is a cult favorite among so many people and is one of the films that showed the great Robin Williams’ acting prowess.

The daring and incredibly charismatic Mr. Keating, the character that Williams played, inspired a bunch of teenage boys and encouraged them to see the world in all its tragic and beautiful glory.

If you are not familiar with this film, let this article entice you and serve as an invitation to watch one of the most beloved films in cinema.

Here are some of the reasons why “Dead Poets Society” will always ring true to the hearts of those who love and watched it:

Emphasis on literature

Set in a boarding school, one can imagine that things are serious, and the academe is very much stuck in a very traditional way of teaching that is usually done in a very monotonous fashion.

Mr. Keating deviates from that kind of teaching, and, as an English teacher, he teaches the boys to live bold and passionate lives through the power of literature. One of the best lines of the film, “poetry, beauty, romance, and love... these are what we stay alive for,” is a reminder that as human as everyone can be, it is important that there is beauty in the simplest of things.

Carpe Diem

This Latin phrase means “seize the day,” and it is another lesson that Mr. Keating taught to the boys in one of his classes. It is the most famous quote from the film, and it has become widely associated with the film. Living with so many constraints and in the expectations of others, it is time to break free and live the life that one’s heart truly wants.

Your voice matters

“Dead Poets Society” is a cult favorite to many, most likely because of the realistic depiction of teenage boys: scared, awkward, reckless, and sometimes rebellious. The movie also narrates the journey of young boys who are inspired to live every bit of their lives with utmost vigor. Furthermore, the movie is a reminder that words and ideas matter no matter how small they may seem to you or to the world.

Tragedy

One of the reasons why this film gets so much of the credit that it deserves is that it does not portray a happy image until the later part of the film. It integrated tragedy in a way that no one saw coming as a factor that resonates in the hearts of many as it shows the cruel realities of this world—one can never be too happy in their lifetime. The initial sense of comfort in the film lulls the viewer into a false sense of security that everything will turn out perfectly well, but it ultimately does not.

“Dead Poets Society” is a story about how life can be beautiful and tragic all at the same time. It does not sugarcoat the realities of this calloused world, but it serves as a reminder that there is so much beauty and tragedy and it all comes with the territory of living. The eternal relevance of “Dead Poets Society” is a testament of poignant hope that affects everyone one way or another, and it is something that the world should constantly be reminded of.